C.S. Lewis’ story on tour, Netflix’s Narnia, and more in 2021.

Aslan might not have come to save this Christmas, but he will next year. “The Pevensie children will travel from Narnia to venues across the UK and Ireland,” said producer Chris Harper.
Carla Mendonça as the White Witch. Photography by Brinkhoff Mogenburg. Source: Leeds Playhouse.

Although C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was first published on 16 October 1950, the world still hasn’t gotten enough of it.

The Leeds Playhouse production of the book will begin a tour of the UK and Ireland on 2 November 2021.

Admittedly, we’ll actually be able to see the production in our own Bord Gáis Energy theatre between 15th and 19th March 2022 but at least we’ll have something to look forward to, right? 

Or if you’re really keen on seeing this around Christmastime, you can always go to The Lowry, Salford as this is where you can see the production then. Fingers crossed that it will actually be safe to travel by that time. 

The show broke box office records in 2017 and was a success at the Bridge Theatre in London in 2019. Discovering Narnia through the eyes of the Pevensie children and watching them fight the White Witch along with Aslan seems to be something that not only little children but full-grown adults want to see on stage.

The tour will be directed by Michael Fentiman, based on the original production by Sally Cookson with original Set and Costume design by Rae Smith.

Michael’s previous productions include big titles like Amélie, The Importance of Being Earnest, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Last Days of Anne Boleyn.

You can read more about the show here.

Narnia lovers can be excited both about this stage production and the upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation of the books. We’ve been waiting for it since the first official announcement in October 2018 so we’ve learned a bit about patience.

Although earlier this year, when fan-made Netflix posters went viral, the interest of the fans was sparked again.

The good news is that Netflix has access to all seven books so there won’t necessarily be any long wait in-between the adaptations of the different books. 

For those who have already started to despair after the two-year-long wait, Netflix France confirmed earlier this week that the adaptations are still happening. 

According to the tweet we are to expect both series and movies set in the Narnia universe.

If you’re still unsatisfied with waiting for Narnia, why not consider going on a hike in C.S. Lewis’ native Northern Ireland? Lewis said that it was his biggest inspiration for his fictional country.

“I have seen landscapes, notably in the Mourne Mountains and southwards which under a particular light made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge,” he wrote in his essay On Stories. “I yearn to see County Down in the snow, one almost expects to see a march of dwarfs dashing past.”

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